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United States Attorneys Office - District of Maine
Portland, Maine (on-site)
22 days ago

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About the Office:                  The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Maine has a position available for an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) in our Criminal Division. The District of Maine encompasses the entire state of Maine, which has a population of over 1.3 million. The AUSA vacancy is in our headquarters office, located in Portland, Maine’s largest city. Portland is a vibrant, livable small city located on gorgeous Casco Bay. The city has world-class dining, numerous cultural institutions, and easy access to outdoor adventures. For additional information regarding our office, please visit https://www.justice.gov/usao-me.

                                                Our office places a high value on diversity of experiences and perspectives and encourages applications from individuals with cultural competence. We encourage individuals from all ethnic and racial backgrounds, veterans, LGBTQ individuals, and persons with disabilities to apply.

Job Description:                    The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Maine, with offices in Bangor and Portland, prosecutes all criminal and civil cases brought by the federal government and defends the United States in civil cases in Maine. 

                                                Criminal AUSAs in the District of Maine improve the quality of life for all Maine residents by prosecuting violent crimes, narcotics trafficking, child exploitation, fraud and other white-collar offenses, firearms offenses, civil rights offenses, human trafficking, terrorism, political corruption and an array of other federal criminal laws.

                                                The position of an AUSA provides one with the responsibility and the authority to improve the lives of Americans who live in Maine and across the United States. Working as a federal prosecutor sworn to pursue justice in the name of the United States is deeply satisfying. Many lawyers look back on their days as an AUSA as among the most rewarding of their professional careers.

                                                The office has one opening for an experienced trial attorney to serve as an AUSA in the Criminal Division in our Portland office. The selected AUSA will work with law enforcement agents and others to investigate federal criminal offenses, research and brief legal issues, and represent the United States before grand juries and in hearings and trials. Responsibilities will increase and assignments will become more complex as training and experience progress. All initial attorney positions to the Department of Justice are made on a 14-month (temporary) basis. Initial appointment is conditioned upon a satisfactory pre-employment adjudication. This includes fingerprint, credit and tax checks, and drug testing. In addition, continued employment is subject to a favorable adjudication of a background investigation.

                                                Due to COVID-19, if selected, you may be expected to telework for an undefined period under the Department’s evacuation authority, even if your home is located outside the local commuting area. Employees in this status may be notified of a requirement to report in person to the component workplace with an advance notice of not less than 30 days. Prior to a requirement to report to the workplace, employees may be eligible to request to continue to telework one or more days a pay period depending upon the terms of the component’s telework policy.

Qualifications:                       Required Qualifications: Applicants must possess a J.D. degree and be an active member in good standing of the bar (any jurisdiction). Applicants must have a minimum of three years of post-J.D. experience and demonstrated excellence in trial advocacy and legal writing.

                                                United States citizenship is required.

Preferred qualifications: Hiring for AUSA positions is highly competitive. Our ideal candidate will have:

  • At least five years of legal experience;
  • At least three years of experience prosecuting or litigating cases in federal courts, or litigating complex state court cases that involve voluminous discovery and/or substantial motion practice;
  • Strong academic credentials and superior legal research and writing skills;
  • Courtroom experience and excellent courtroom skills;
  • Incisive analytical ability and an aptitude for accurately and precisely articulating the critical issues in a case;
  • A demonstrated commitment to professionalism, ethics, civility and public service;
  • Outstanding organizational, time management and interpersonal skills;
  • The ability to work in a supportive and professional manner with other attorneys, support staff and client agencies;
  • Excellent computer literacy skills and the ability to handle all aspects of electronic discovery and litigation; and
  • A strong desire to practice in Maine.

Travel:                                   Occasional travel, both within and outside the District of Maine, will be required. Travel requirements typically entail no more than 1-5 days per month.

Type of Position:                   All initial attorney appointments to the Department of Justice are made on a 14-month (temporary) basis pending favorable adjudication of a background investigation.

Salary Information            Assistant United States Attorneys’ pay is administratively determined based, in part, on the number years of professional attorney experience. The range of basic pay is $74,129 to $176,200 per year, which includes 30.09% locality pay.

Location:                                Portland, Maine

Relocation Expenses:            Relocation expenses will not be paid.

Application Process             

and Deadline Date:               This position is open until filled, however, applications received by Sunday, November 20, 2022 will receive first consideration.  Application packages should contain a cover letter and resume. 

                                                Please send application complete packages via email to:

USAME.HR@usdoj.gov

No telephone calls please. 

Applicants should familiarize themselves and comply with the relevant rules of professional conduct regarding any possible conflicts of interest in connection with their applications. In particular, please notify this Office if you currently represent clients or adjudicate matters in which this Office is involved and/or you have a family member who is representing clients or adjudicating matters in which this Office is involved so that we can

evaluate any potential conflict of interest or disqualification issue that may need to be addressed under those circumstances.                                   

Security Requirements:       Initial appointment is conditioned upon a satisfactory pre-employment adjudication.  This includes fingerprint, credit and tax checks, and drug testing.  In addition, continued employment is subject to a favorable adjudication of a background investigation.                 

Internet Sites:                        This and other attorney vacancy announcements can be found at:   http://www.usdoj.gov/oarm/attvacancies.html.

Department Policies:            Assistant United States Attorneys generally must reside in the district to which they are appointed or within 25 miles thereof.  See 28 U.S.C. § 545 for district-specific information.

                                                As required by Executive Order 14043, Federal employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee’s duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law. If selected, you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination by November 22, 2021, or before appointment or onboarding with the agency, if after November 22. The agency will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request of the agency a legally required exception from this requirement.  

The U.S. Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation Employer.  Except where otherwise provided by law, there will be no discrimination because of color, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability (physical or mental), age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as a parent, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, on the basis of personal favoritism, or any non-merit factor. The Department of Justice welcomes and encourages applications from persons with physical and mental disabilities. The Department is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced on the basis of merit within the Department of Justice. This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

It is the policy of the Department to achieve a drug-free workplace and persons selected for employment will be required to pass a drug test which screens for illegal drug use prior to final appointment.  Employment is also contingent upon the completion and satisfactory adjudication of a background investigation. Only U.S. citizens are eligible for employment with the Executive Office for Immigration Review and the United States Attorneys’ Offices. Unless otherwise indicated in a particular job advertisement, non-U.S. Citizens may apply for employment with other organizations, but should be advised that appointments of non-U.S. Citizens are extremely rare; such appointments would be possible only if necessary to accomplish the Department's mission and would be subject to strict security requirements.  Applicants who hold dual citizenship in the U.S. and another country will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

There is no formal rating system for applying veterans’ preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Justice considers veterans’ preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring.  Applicants eligible for veterans’ preference must include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., the DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty and other supporting documentation) to their submissions.  Although the “point” system is not used, per se, applicants eligible to claim 10-point preference must submit Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and submit the supporting documentation required for the specific type of preference claimed (visit the OPM website, www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf  for a copy of SF 15, which lists the types of 10-point preferences and the required supporting document(s)).  Applicants should note that SF 15 requires supporting documentation associated with service-connected disabilities or receipt of nonservice-connected disability pensions to be dated 1991 or later except in the case of service members submitting official statements or retirement orders from a branch of the Armed Forces showing that his or her retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that he/she was transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10%  or more).

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The Department of Justice cannot control further dissemination and/or posting of information contained in this vacancy announcement. Such posting and/or dissemination is not an endorsement by the Department of the organization or group disseminating and/or posting the information



Job Information

  • Job ID: 66518024
  • Workplace Type: On-Site
  • Location:
    Portland, Maine
  • Company Name For Job: United States Attorneys Office - District of Maine
  • Position Title: Assistant U.S Attorney - Criminal Division
  • Job Function: Other
  • Salary: $74,129.00 - $176,200.00 (Yearly Salary)
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